Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays meet on Saturday for game two of their series in Chicago. The White Sox are -140 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Chicago White Sox continued their hot play on Friday winning their fourth game in a row and for the eighth time in their last 10 games. A.J. Pierzynski hit a home run and Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez had two hits each as the White Sox scored four times on nine hits. On the mound starter Jake Peavy allowed five hits and a run over 7.1 innings of work while striking out seven for his seventh win of the season while Addison Reed earned his 13th save. For Saturday’s game Chicago looks to keep their hot play going as they start Gavin Floyd who lost last time out following two wins in his prior two starts. For the season Floyd has allowed 97 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 88 over 95.1 innings of work for a 4.91 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays can’t get to the All Star Break fast enough as they have sunk to last place in the A.L. East standings. On Friday Adam Lind had two hits including a home run and Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion had hits as the Blue Jays scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Aaron Laffey allowed eight hits and four earned runs while striking out four over six innings to take his first loss of the year. For Saturday’s game Toronto starts Ricky Romero who has been battered in his last two starts allowing eight earned runs in each of them. For the season Romero has allowed 100 hits and 62 earned runs while striking out 74 over 104.1 innings of work for a 5.35 ERA.
Chicago is 5-0 in their last five home games against a team with a winning record, 6-1 in their last seven games as a favorite, and 9-4 in Floyd’s last 13 Saturday starts. Toronto is 13-7 in their last 20 games against the A.L. Central, 4-11 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record, and 22-8 in Romero’s last 30 starts. Toronto is 25-10 in their last 35 games against Chicago.
The White Sox are the hotter team right now and I like them to win but the odds make this game a lot less attractive as Floyd has lost his last five starts against the Blue Jays and Romero has won his last four against the White Sox.
Chicago White Sox -140 Toronto Blue Jays